Sunday, June 03, 2012

Tips to myself: 1. Have children help cook they can harvest veggies from the garden, cut soft veggies with plastic knives, put things in the pot etc. 2. Spend some one on one time with each child having them help with a few cleaning tasks. 3. Learn good habits on e at a time and teach good habits focusing on one at a time. It is never too late to improve. 4. take time out to swing, play and read to children frequently throughout the day... especially when you thing you are doing something "important" 5. Spend some time doing things that require concentration ....organizing and sorting and tidying while children are sleeping... a little each evening. 6. Form an after breakfast routine... This is my worst time of day (Second only to the 3:30-7:30 block.) I am fuzzy headed and if I have a set list of things that I do everyday and that the kids so everyday things will go more smoothly...I guess I should make up a late afternoon routine/pre-bedtime routine too. We have our bedtime routine in place we need to know what is supposed to habitually happen before that. Some days we are away at class or playgroup till 6 or 6:30 so I haven't developed much of a routine for when we are here.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

what you can do

It's amazing what you can do on a Saturday Morning when circumstances allow... 1. Made coffee and drank 2 cups 2. put dinner in the crock pot-- pork ribs with vegetables 3. filled and ran the dishwasher 4. washed the stove with Emily 5. Emily helped wash the sink 6. Scrubbed hard water deposits off sink 7. Scrubbed grease stains off toaster oven 8. Emily helped sweep and mop laundry room. 9. Stripped Emily's bed and washed her bed linens and some other dirty laundry 10. used the weed whacker and shrub trimmer in the front yard 11. did easel painting (tempera cakes) with Emily 12. played doctor and pretend face painting with Emily 13. read 30 mins to both girls from Golden Name Day 14. colored my hair 15. took a shower 16. read a few pages of P.G. Wodehouse 17. made noodle salad for lunch thanks to Mark who took Claire to run errands and then took both girls across the street to play with neighbor kids and made Indian princes crowns and arm bands and planted sunflowers.